It’s official: Australia’s international travel ban ends on Nov 1

After almost 20 months, Australians will be free to leave the country without obtaining special government approval.

By David Flynn, October 27 2021
It’s official: Australia’s international travel ban ends on Nov 1

Dust off your passport, because Australia's international travel ban is now a thing of the past – at least for the fully-vaccinated.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison this morning confirmed that the ban – which has been in place since March 2020 – will officially end on Monday November 1.

"I can announce today that last night the Health Minister signed off on the fact that, from November 1, Australians who are double vaccinated will be able to travel overseas," he said.

For the past 19 months, any Australians wanting to travel overseas had to apply for a special government exemption issued by the Department of Home Affairs.

Home Affairs has now updated its website to reflect the new state of post-pandemic travel, saying "he government has announced that Australian citizens or permanent residents aged 12 and over who have received two doses of a recognised vaccine will be able to travel without needing an exemption."

"Children under 12 and those who cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons will also be able to travel overseas without an exemption."

November 1 also sees New South Wales and Victoria remove the need for inbound travellers to enter hotel or home quarantine, provided they have been fully-vaccinated using a jab approved by Australia's Therapeutic Goods Administration.

Tasmania will do likewise from December 15, with South Australia set to follow suite when that state reaches 90% vaccination, which is expected to happen in early January 2022.

However, at least one step still remains: at the time of writing, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade still hasn't revised the travel warnings published on its Smarttraveller website, which has flagged most of the world as 'Level 4 – do not travel', which can make it impossible for people to get travel insurance and Covid cover.

Read more: Australian Government yet to update international travel warnings

PREVIOUS [October 16, 2020] Australia's international travel ban will be removed from November 1, 2021, as New South Wales reopens to quarantine-free overseas travel for the fully-vaccinated.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced the end of travel restrictions which have been in place since March 25, 2020, when the nation's borders went into lockdown at the onset of the pandemic.

"We will be allowing Australians, permanent residents and citizens and their families, to leave Australia from wherever they live in Australia and return," Morrison confirmed on Friday.

It's been a long 586 days since the Department of Home Affairs made it necessary for Australian citizens and permanent residents to receive a special exemption from the blanket ban on international travel.

Government data indicates that around 210,000 Australians were granted approval to fly overseas over the past 19 months, while over 122,000 applications were rejected.

That all changes from November 1, with Sydney Airport becoming the country's first and for now only quarantine-free gateway for all double-jabbed travellers.

The decision has seen Qantas and international airlines relaunching overseas flights to and from Sydney, or opening up existing flights to a full load of bookings rather than capping the number of seats.

With the travel ban lifted, any Australian – regardless of where in the country they live – will be able to travel overseas from November 1, including catching a domestic flight to Sydney and connecting with an overseas flight.

However, after returning to Sydney, interstate travellers will still be subject to restrictions and quarantine arrangements of their home state if they intend to head back there.

November 1 will also see NSW remove its caps for overseas arrivals, although inbound travel will be restricted to Australian citizens, permanent residents and their immediate families and parents.

If fully-vaccinated with a shot approved by Australia's Therapeutic Goods Administration, they won't need to quarantine on arrival in Sydney.

However, 14 days of hotel quarantine will still be mandatory arrivals who are not fully vaccinated by a TGA-approved jab, with those quarantine spaces capped at 210 people per week.

American Airlines - AAdvantage

13 Jul 2015

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It's there a clear definition of 'families' somewhere? Does a defacto partner count?

Qantas

19 Apr 2012

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As they’ve added parents then like that some form of evidence will be required. Whatever is used now for other types of visas will probably suffice

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

16 Oct 2016

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Inorder to be classified as a parent you would of needed to apply for a tourist visa at the local Australian Embassy or Australian Consulate to enter Australia. This is where you prove you at the parent as you would then be sponsored (invited) to visit Australia.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

16 Oct 2016

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If you require a visa to leave and come to Australia and not a citizen or permanent resident then you are considered a tourist regardless that they are you defacto partner

28 Aug 2019

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I do not think anyone would disagree with you on that topic. The issus here is those that are residents of Queensland not being allowed back becuase of the quarantine issues.

08 May 2020

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Just to be clear, outbound we don’t have to fly international via Sydney?  It’s just inbound where there are caps and Sydney might be a better option?

AJW
AJW

16 Nov 2011

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I would think that would be the case. Once the feds lift the outbound ban you could fly from where you like. But if you are leaving from another state you would have to make sure you can get back domestically into that state from NSW

United Airlines - Mileage Plus

12 Sep 2011

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This is all very good, but what about travel insurance  and COVID coverage?    Will Amex Platinum Charge Card insurance still cover you - since it has pandemic cover? 

Qantas

22 Oct 2012

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This change is great news for those who live in NSW or can get into Sydney in order to get an outbound international flight.

However the real problem is for returning Australians whose destination is another state than NSW.  They will be at the mercy and requirements of their home state.  For example there are thousands of people in Australia wanting to return to QLD but have been refused entry or waiting approval.  Should such folk overseas buy tickets to Sydney?  They have no idea.

AJW
AJW

16 Nov 2011

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You don’t need to go to Sydney to leave. As of 1st Nov you can leave from any international airport in Australia. 

Your point on return though is spot on. People from other states would need an international flight and quarantine spot in their home city or fly to nsw and battle what ever internal restrictions there are in flying to other states. 

05 Oct 2017

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No, you have to fly to Sydney in order to depart the country on November 1. Melbourne will become another gateway port by mid-December, but due to limited flights and ongoing restrictions you're not going to be leaving on a direct flight from Brisbane or Perth until early 2022.

28 Aug 2019

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From what I have read, it is clearly understood that " With the travel ban lifted, any Australian – regardless of where in the country they live – will be able to travel overseas from November 1, including catching a domestic flight to Sydney and connecting with an overseas flight " there is not going to be any issues returning to one's own State. Why is everyone trying to read between the lines that are merely blank.

AJW
AJW

16 Nov 2011

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Dartpro, no one is reading between the lines, unless you have not noticed there are already difficulties moving between states especially if you are coming from NSW. There are two changes happening on 1st nov  change 1 feds opening border for people to freely leave, however return is still subject to state quarantine rules. The second change is NSW is scrapping quarantine on arrival.

The issue is let’s say you live in QLD then you can leave from Brisbane but your options to return would be fly into Brisbane and be subject to quarantine on arrival and be subject to arrivals caps. Or fly into Sydney and then return to QLD. Under current QLD rules returning would be difficult and subject to quarantine anyway.

If you live in Perth and fly back via NSW then good luck getting back into WA. 

03 May 2021

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I do think WA has done well with Covid but I think they are also obstructing human rights, every person should have the right to return to their home, WA government has prevented even if its own residents from returning home from nsw and Victoria… how is that fair? I feel very sorry for peop,e trapped in those states with wa probably not going to change anything for at least a few months.

11 Sep 2018

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The funny thing is the only people pushing this argument are those not within WA. Western Australian's don't need the rest of the country to feel sorry for them.

Mcgowan has a record 80% approval rating for a reason. People have had 1.5 years to come home, all it takes is a 2 week stint in quarantine. Hardly the barring that people are harking on about. Something that will come down in the near future anyway.

Qantas

19 Apr 2012

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Dartpro, there is no issue leaving from any state but returning will be subject to the states rules. Generally returning will be restricted until 80% double vacced in each state, plus a month or so for WA. So if you are leaving for a long (multi month) trip from WA, or multi week trip from Qld and SA, then okay; but for shorter trips probably not worth it unless being stuck in Sydney is affordable.

28 Aug 2019

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Thank you one and all for your input. Much appreciated. Unfortunately, I live in a very backward State, and because of the lovely weather here, we have to put up with the crap.  I don't see why if one is double vaxed that we still cannot return home and self quarantine. Cheers

28 Aug 2019

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Personally I feel that if one has been double vaxed, then they, no matter which State they come from should be allowed to travel freely wherever they wish to go, and then be allowed to return home and self quarantine in their own home.

For those that are unvaxed, should only be allowed to travel within their own community area, and if they do go overseas, should on their return be quarantined in a hotel at their own expense even if they own their own home.  This is the price they have to pay for not being vaxed.  Afteall, we the genteel communinty have no desire to mix with the unwashed or unwaxed.

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QF

11 Jul 2014

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But NSW doesn’t have quarantine for double jabbed people.

28 Aug 2019

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Hello UpUpAndAway, bet your bottom dollar that NSW will require those Australians retirning home from an International trip to self quarantine in their own homes. Remember, they are returning from places that are not within Australia. Anyone returning from a foreign country could be bringing back with them a VIRUS and the health authorities need to get them checked. We cannot be too complacent.

08 May 2020

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NSW are saying policing quarantine from home is not worth it, too many staff needed and especially considering the infection rates are not that high in many countries now.  So you just need to be vaccinated and get some tests.

I thought there were going to be red and green zones in airports.  Sounds like the plan has evolved and quarantine camps in WA/QLD will be used by unvaccinated only

28 Aug 2019

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Hello Drakesy, According to the Australian States on the East Coast, Western Australia is another country on the West Coast.  :) I do not think that anyone is feeling sorry for you guys out West. We have problems of our own living in Queensland. We are not looking for sympathy either from anyone, just the politicians that run our State who appear to be so full of themselves. They even give themselves promotions to bump up their salary. Do not feel sorry for us. We made a choice to live in Queensland only because of the fantastic weather, and because of that we have to put up with all the crap that happens here.

20 Oct 2021

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Does anyone have facts about which airlines will be flying into Australia based on these changes? I've seen Hawaiian and Air Canada beginning to sell flights from around December 15, but is there a definitive list of airlines that are allowed back in now? Thanks.

20 Oct 2021

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HI, I wonder if the date 1 Nov is confirmed. On department of home affairs site it still says "

The government has announced that Australian citizens or permanent residents aged 12 and over who have received two doses of a recognised vaccine will be able to travel without needing an exemption. This could start sometime in November but there will be more information provided soon."

Thanks 


01 Aug 2020

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All - i called Border Force on this and incredulously, they told me they have not been formally told this and couldn't say if I can travel on Monday. How can we get more attention to this issue? Mods can you help raise awareness on SM?

28 Aug 2019

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Hello Tree, the Department of Home Affairs will be able to give you guidelines as to the rules and regulations of each State in Australia for travelling abroad, and your return to your respective State. Here is the number to call for Home Affairs 131881.   Travelling anywhere overseas from Australia between now and the end of December comes with special Covid-19 certification requirements.  Apparently all of these restrictions will be dropped from January 2022, and you will no longer need to self isolate.  To book a flight to London Heathrow (for example), you will have to Leave from Sydney, and return to Sydney.  And then return to your home State where the Covid-19 certification would be required. The Home Affairs people are lovely people to chat with, as I have already chatted with them.

20 Oct 2021

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HI Dartpro,

Thank you for your reply. 

They said the date hasn't been confirmed yet. It was just announcement. I am from inner Sydney and fully vaccinated. I need to wait to book tickets. They advised me to check their website for updates.

09 May 2017

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Urgent clarification is also required for 12-15s where there is only 1 dose provided to children such as in the UK and in Sweden they are not currently vaccinating 12-15s and they also cannot buy a dose - on another forum I have suggested the poster travel to Italy or another European country to try and get their kids dosed.  

I think if they have had one dose they should be able to get their second at the airport on arrival and test to release like the rest of the family.  Insane to separate them as they are minors and put them through hotel q

28 Aug 2019

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Hello BWiz, use Google or Bing as your search engine to find out exactly what you wish to know.  I prefer to use Bing.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

08 Sep 2016

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I am likely one of the first to have received a third dose of the vaccine - not sure where that leaves me (from a travel perspective) upon return from a planned trip in early February - hopefully an even lower risk to the wider community. On a reated topic - amazing how airfares are climbing on a daily basis now the lockdown lid is being removed for a significant portion of the community.

28 Aug 2019

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I just received an update from Et (Executive Traveller) for something advertised By David Flynn, October 16 2021  Today is the 20 October 2021, and their post is dated 16 October.  Is this some kind of OMEN that things are moving quicker than expected ????? The link on this page at the top of the screen is ..... https://www.executivetraveller.com/news/australia-s-international-travel-ban-will-be-removed-from-nov-1  Nothing has really changed in the script.  It's the same, word for word, so why have I received it twice !

24 Oct 2010

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Hey Dartpro: what you've just received is the Wednesday edition of our free twice-weekly newsletter, and this story was included in today's newsletter because it was published after Friday's newsletter went out but still remains of high interest and relevance to Executive Traveller readers. The fact that the international travel ban is being lifted on Nov1 for the entire country sort of got lost in the wash of NSW's announcement that the state was resuming international travel without any quarantine on Nov1, so we decided it was still a big enough story to bring to reader's attention today.

28 Aug 2019

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Hello David :   I looked upon it as a relevant reminder of what the so called " road map "  was intended to be for those still feeling confused about travelling overseas.   Unfortunately I have noticed that a lot of Et readers do not read carefully the written words printed in simple English.    For some it still appears confusing as they tend to ask the same old questions on this forum.  I'm here to keep an upto the minute news of any deviation that might occur in the National plan laid out at least for the year ending 2021.  Cheers

09 May 2017

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As an Aussie in London we wait patiently, double vaxxed and fingers crossed - due to fly to Melbourne in December. So hopefully NSW and Vic will be 'aligned' 

I'm on a forum where there are Aussies that haven't had the chance of approved vaccines so will have to quarantine.  Have NSW announce how they will be booking the HQ spaces as I doubt the airlines will manage this - will they bump people or will arrivals have to prebook their spot like in the UK or NZ - so many unanswered qns

XWu
XWu

09 May 2020

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@ljcoz

I assume your final destination is Melbourne, then it would be worthwhile taking that punt sticking with the flight plan.

Even if you arrive in Sydney and needed to travel on to Melbourne, I suspect the worst case scenario is that the Vic border pass would not allow you to come in via NSW if you have been overseas less than 14 days prior.

The cost of staying in a hotel in any NSW region of your choice (and means) plus the added freedom to leave your hotel room anytime meant that it would be roughly the same as the quarantine hotel cost in Vic or less, but additional freedom and better mental health 

09 May 2017

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definitely would do that if required - many here in the UK were going to a third country to avoid HQ here in the UK - a friend had been to Turkey and then spent 10 days in Croatia to avoid UK HQ

XWu
XWu

09 May 2020

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Hah, the VIC government had also thrown in the towel and gave up on quarantine requirements. 

Good luck you and you didn’t even have to wait 7 days!

28 Aug 2019

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From 11:59PM on October 19, fully vaccinated NSW residents from red zones will no longer need to quarantine for 14 days when entering Victoria. Victorians can also enter NSW if they are double dosed, but only if they complete an entry declaration.

09 May 2017

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where does that leave me if I am an Australian citizen but neither a NSW or Victorian resident

28 Aug 2019

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If you are an Australian citizen of any other State other than NSW or Victoria, then you would have to isolate in Sydney at your own expense for 14 days before being able to return to your State of origin.  Read this article carefully ..... " From 11:59PM on October 19, fully vaccinated NSW residents from red zones will no longer need to quarantine for 14 days when entering Victoria. Victorians can also enter NSW if they are double dosed, but only if they complete an entry declaration. "

09 May 2017

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but as an overseas resident am I neither Victorian or from any other state.  What is a state of Origin? its a very internally centric comment.  I have accommodation to go to in Victoria and I would consider myself Victorian from an anecdotal point of view but am not from a residential or governmental pov. The Vic gov, in its announcement, actually doesn't refer to residents it just says 'fully vaccinated people' coming from red zones no longer have to isolate for 14 days.

'Under the changes.... fully vaccinated people entering Victoria from red zones will need a negative result from a test taken no more than 72 hours prior to entry' so no reference to where you are resident.

23 Oct 2021

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Can anyone recommend  where to get travel Insurance from an Australian provider that includes Covid illness . With Smart Traveller still showing a Do Not Travel warning for UK the Insurance policies I have seen automatically exclude covid .  Any clues as to whether smart traveller will change their advice next week to align with the resumption of flights ?

United Airlines - Mileage Plus

12 Sep 2011

Total posts 252

Whether or not DFAT shows Travel or Exercise Caution,  COVID19  is a known event, so good lucking finding cover which would cover anything covid related, and when you do,  be prepared to pay a hefty sum!  Many Aussies travel without travel insurance - many countries now, including Israel specifically state you require proof of Medical Insurance which covers COVID19.  A few weeks ago when I asked the same question  on this website,  I got many  red tick and hands downs - my insurance with Amex Platinum Charge card covers pandemics, so when DFAT changed to Do Not Travel last year, it was a trigger.   Luckily I didn't need to use it because Hilton Tel Aviv, American Airlines, United Airlines, Hotels.com, Singapore Airlines gave me full refunds of points and dollars spent - the only problem was with Swiss Int Airlines who refused a refund on a cheap fare from ZRH-MXP, but after about 4 months they decided to refund it when I contested the non-refund with Swiss Travel Authority and Italian Travel Authority. Amex did a chargeback but Swiss kept saying it was a non-refundable fare, even when they had cancelled the flight .

 I used to be away for 6 weeks every  mid year RTW via Israel/Italy/Greece/Germany /Switzerland/New York/San Francisco with usually a 2 week trip every year to Israel/Switzerland in April and most years for 2 weeks in NYC late November for an annual conference - I don't see that happening in the foreseeable future, and frankly I wouldn't feel safe in terms of becoming ill with Covid.  Also be aware many policies do not cover return of frequent flyer points, which is why I like the free insurance with Amex Platinum Charge Card - I stopped buying the Annual World Policy with Amex because the Charge card insurance was just as good less slightly higher copay for some events.  

05 Oct 2017

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What are you talking about? Many countries REQUIRE Covid insurance for the time being and thus there are such policies available. Look harder.

United Airlines - Mileage Plus

12 Sep 2011

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Yes and what do these policies cost, as mentioned in my initial comment  - no denial such policies exist  for  short  trips 

28 Aug 2019

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Hello WillT :  Type this into your web browser address bar, " Travel insurance for Australian expats " then press Enter on your keyboard.  This article will explain everything to you. 

28 Aug 2019

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ljcoz : read my last article and hopefully it will give you the answers you seek.    Now regarding your question " what is a state of Origin " This refers to a place where you have lived in most of your life.  This is different form " country of Origin "  This refers to a country where you were born.

28 Aug 2019

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Hello cburl :  No one can answer you that question, except for an insurance company.  Why don't you take the time and find out from the various insurance companies in your home state that can answer your question.  Then return to this forum and let us all know your findings.  That would be an excellent task for you to undertake, and cover here.  Cheers

United Airlines - Mileage Plus

12 Sep 2011

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Hey Drtpro  are you a moderator here on  this site?   Me thinks you should investigate it - I've already done my own, and I've had my booster jab.    Sorry you got 2 newsletters,  I think its time to avoid ausbt.com.au   and stick to australianfrequentflyer.com  where you can have conversations in forums without attack!

28 Aug 2019

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Hello cburl :  I'm far from a moderator on this Et forum.  I just like to be in a position to answere one's query justly, with the ability to back up what I say, or else I would keep my mouth shut and not appear to be a fool by just shooting my mouth off.  As an IT specialist I tend to do a lot of research to find out the why, what and wherefor.  It keeps my old brain ticking and hopefully stops it from cracking up.  My wife and I are in our 80's and still love travelling, only this time in comfort.  Who knows when we will no longer be able to travel, until then it's all go, go go.  Cheers 

28 Aug 2019

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Hello cburl : Everyone has a right to an OPINION, as long as they respect the opinion of others. I say unfortunately, and I mean unfortunately that I don't suffer fools gladly.  I call a spade a spade.  In todays world everyone appears to praise everyone, even if they don't merit praise.  How can one improve if told constantly " you are good "  when you are not good.  There would be no room for improvement if you are told you are good when you are not.

28 Aug 2019

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Here's a topic worth discussing ..... " Australia's international travel ban will be removed from Nov 1 "  The only states that are allowed to travel overseas are NSW and Victoria .   To travel overseas from Queensland one would have to fly to Sydney or Melbourne to do so, then on return would have to apply for an entry permit into Queendsland where you originate from .  You can fly overseas but cannot fly to Qld or WA without getting special permission.  The WORLD would be right in believing that Qld and WA are not in Australia, or that NSW and Vic are not in Australia .

XWu
XWu

09 May 2020

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I didn’t think there is a restriction for residents from QLD in travelling overseas as long as they are vaccinated or they have the DFAT exemption (if unvaccinated). 

They may have limited outbound international flights to choose from, and they can always buy tickets with return trip ending in different arrival ports

Is that something I am missing here?

28 Aug 2019

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With international travel back on the cards from November 1 – at least out of Sydney and Melbourne – and thousands of Australians headed overseas for the first time in over 18 months, the government will this week revise its travel warnings for almost 200 countries.
And international travel insurance will be more important that even in the Covid era of travel, especially as several countries make some form of 'Covid cover' a condition of entry.
Singapore's Vaccinated Travel Lanes – which may extend to Australia in November – require that inbound travellers hold a policy which includes at least SGD$30,000 for Covid-related medical expenses.
In Thailand, which will reopen to fully-vaccinated Australians from November 1 – mandates "medical insurance with a minimum coverage of USD$50,000."
Australian travel insurance providers typically won't offer a policy if you're headed for a country which DFAT has flagged as a Level 4 destination, which means that many people booking airfares right now for flights in November aren't able to get travel insurance.

ravel insurance coverage is normally extended only to countries earmarked as 'Level 1 – exercise normal safety precautions' or 'Level 2 – exercise a high degree of caution.'  Hope this information answers most of your questions.

Qantas

19 Apr 2012

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It’s out of any state as if seats are available you can buy them. Flights are there but until this week only for non Australians.

23 Oct 2021

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As a follow on from my previous enquiry on travel insurance and the catch 22 "do not travel "warning on Smartraveller I wrote to Alex Hawke the immigration Minister who is my local member . The reply from his office included the following " Alex has sought further advice from the Minister for foreign Affairs regarding this issue .I would think that these warnings will be changed on November 1 when the border opening is official, because Smartraveller advice is live .We will seek clarification for you "

Very tight for people flying on Monday to have the warning changed on Monday but perhaps a little light ahead .

28 Aug 2019

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To WillT :  Take one day at a time.  Even the politicians themselves that make the rules really do not understand what they have advised people to do.  They are very good at buck passing and running each other down.  Have you ever heard a politician answer a question put to them honestly ?

01 Aug 2020

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Seems like the PM confirmed the Nov 1 date this morning as being reported in The Age just now.

01 Aug 2020

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And the department website has now been updated too:
https://covid19.homeaffairs.gov.au/leaving-australia

Travel for vaccinated Australians

From 1 November 2021, fully vaccinated Australian citizens and permanent residents will be eligible for international travel without seeking a travel exemption. Please refer to information on Travel for vaccinated Australians.

Children under 12 and those who cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons will also be able to travel overseas without an exemption

01 Aug 2020

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And the website is now updated:

"Travel for vaccinated Australians

From 1 November 2021, fully vaccinated Australian citizens and permanent residents will be eligible for international travel without seeking a travel exemption. Please refer to information on Travel for vaccinated Australians.


Children under 12 and those who cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons will also be able to travel overseas without an exemption.

XWu
XWu

09 May 2020

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@redcastle

Correct so more importantly is that unvaccinated (voluntarily refused or medically exempt) Australians can still travel overseas but need approval/exemption from DFAT. 

So unless the flights are reserved for vaccinated pax only, it is quite possible the vaccinated will be rubbing shoulders with those who are not

28 Aug 2019

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To redcastle : this is what I extracted of Et dated 25 Oct 2021 ..... " With international travel back on the cards from November 1 – at least out of Sydney and Melbourne – and thousands of Australians headed overseas for the first time in over 18 months, the government will this week revise its travel warnings for almost 200 countries. "

This should put your mind at ease ..... https://www.executivetraveller.com/news/australian-government-updates-international-travel-warnings

Emirates Airlines - Skywards

15 Mar 2019

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Does anyone know how to contact "IMMI" to advise that our visa application, lodged in August, is as parents of an Australian resident?

28 Aug 2019

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Hello David H :  check it out here ..... https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/help-support/contact-us

Emirates Airlines - Skywards

15 Mar 2019

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Thanks Dartpro.

However I simply receive a message that this site can't be reached.

Guess we're just going to have to wait for the processing procedure to run its course. Could be another two months according to the website.

28 Aug 2019

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Hello David H :  I just checked the link I gave you and it works. Perhaps when you tried they may have been updating their information. Keep trying.

Emirates Airlines - Skywards

15 Mar 2019

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OK. Link is now working but it is all automated and doesn't answer my query. I was hoping to have a web chat with a real advisor, the digital assistant can't cope with my request.  Best answer is to apply for a sponsored parent visa which implies a 9 month wait and significant costs!!!

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

09 Jan 2017

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The travel ban may be lifted, but the cost of being a COVID compliant traveller is ridiculous.  As an example, a pre-flight COVID test for Adelaide-Auckland flight by mandated private path lab $150 pp.  A pre-departure COVID test Auckland - Adelaide, again by private lab  - $150 pp.  Upon return to SA (as at Oct. 28, 2021) COVID testing,  again by a private pathology lab, is required on Days 1, 5 and 13.  A further $450.  Total cost for a couple - a staggering $1500.   No thanks.


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